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Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

Rugby field of dreams video

Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.

1:29 PM  It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

Loe urges quad bike helmet use

110216newsphoto:dianebishop/osf-Worksafe's Safer Farms ambassador Richard Loe at the Southern Field Days.

Rugged former All Black prop Richard Loe appeals to farmers to take it easy on quad bikes.

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Southern Man runner-up Kent MacKenzie, left, crowd favourite Duncan Gardyne with Southern Man winner Matt Ahradsen

Ultimate Southern Man found 

Southland dairy farmer Matt Ahradsen is the inaugural Southern Man.

dairy

Debate on Fonterra's top structure cranks up

Fonterra opens up the debate about the size and structure of its board.

Fonterra's board structure comes under the spotlight with farmer shed meetings around the country.

Farmers egged on to suicide

Attacks on dairy farmers from animal rights advocates are escalating, supporters say.

Water quality is the focus of this year's  Fertilzer and Lime Research Centre workshop. The Oroua in Awahuri has been a popular spot as the summer in Manawatu heats up.
Locals take the time to cool down swimming with their dog Sammie.

Farmers lighten environmental load

Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre annual workshop at Massey University concentrates on soil and water.

advice

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

The demise of sheep farms in South Canterbury reflects both national, and world wide trends.

There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

Do your numbers before leaping into buying the next door farm, advises Pita Alexander.

Buying the neighbour's farm?

Many farming couples aspire to buy the next-door block, but the numbers may not stack up.

aquaculture

Concerns raised about park

Government representatives address the public regarding the proposed Marine Protected Areas consultation document.

Quota owners would receive compensation, but there was no provision for operators who leased quota.

Marine park meetings next week

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Fish farm application alarms residents

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

beef

US company opens new cattle plasma plant in Feilding

Proliant chief operating officer, Randy Fitzgerald checks out the inside of the new 11.5 metre high spray drying chamber during a visit to the Feilding plant.

2:31 PM  The doors have opened to Proliant's new blood processing plant in Feilding.

Aviation levy will hit farmers

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

A slip blocks the road at Waituna West. Hill country farmers have to deal with environmental issues.

Hill country farms face environmental challenges

Hill country farms face challenges on the environment, but farmers are prepared.

Sheep

Hill country farms face environmental challenges

A slip blocks the road at Waituna West. Hill country farmers have to deal with environmental issues.

Hill country farms face challenges on the environment, but farmers are prepared.

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

Lambs's wool eased in sales in the North Island and the South Island.

Wool price stays steady

Wool prices stays steady except for lambswool.

cropping

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

Southland blueberry farm aims to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

agribusiness

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Debate on Fonterra's top structure cranks up

Fonterra's board structure comes under the spotlight with farmer shed meetings around the country.

BNZ national agribusiness manager Scott Wishart (left) and Crowe Horwath head of corporate agribusiness Hayden Dillon at the Waimumu Field Days on Friday.

Farmers will be resilient: experts

Industry experts say there will be plenty of positives for farmers in the next 12 months.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

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Rugby field of dreams

It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

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